Noise Reduction And Improved Thermal Efficiency
Some of the most widely-touted advantages of double glazing are that it reduces external noise and improves thermal efficiency. The gap between the glass panes acts as a barrier that affects the transfer of sound and heat. Double glazed doors offer much better insulation than older, single glazed doors, and adding a third pane improves them even further.
That extra pane of glass does a remarkable job. If you live on a busy road or near an airport, you’ll have first-hand experience of how aggravating excess noise can be. But if double glazing reduces it, triple glazing cuts it down by up to 50% more. And it’s just as impressive when it comes to thermal efficiency. The u-values of double glazed doors tend to average out around 1.6W/m2K, but you can expect triple glazed doors to be closer to 0.8W/m2K. In layman’s terms, this means that triple glazed doors will make homes more comfortable and quieter, all year round.
Security And Prices
Additionally, triple glazed metal doors are safer. Our standard French doors are remarkably tough, but upgrading the glass improves their resiliency even further. The stereotype of glass being a weakness that burglars can exploit is outdated; the gas-filled gaps between the panes work like shock absorbers, and it takes a remarkable amount of effort to smash them. If your client wants complete peace of mind, triple glazing is perfect.
That said, we realise that everyone is human and will inevitably want to ask about the price. Including triple glazing in your French doors does put the cost up, but by how much? As a general rule, it’s usually about 10-20% more than double glazing. We can understand that might be off-putting, but it’s worth remembering that this upfront cost is usually offset by long-term savings. When homeowners are saving money on their household energy bills year in, and year out, they soon build up. Your customer may have less cash in their pocket now, but in a few years, they’ll have it back and then some.
For all these reasons, we’d have to recommend triple glazing. It won’t be for everyone and that increased bill will no doubt put a few people off, but if it’s within a client’s budget, it can be hugely rewarding.
If you’d like to learn more about AluFold’s triple glazing options, feel free to get in touch. We proudly work alongside installers, architects, builders and all trade professionals. Contact us today or request a free quote online. Let’s see what we can create together.